One look at lion’s mane mushroom and you’ll understand where it got it’s name. Fluffy, bright white, and typically found growing on hardwood trees, shaggy lion’s mane has a delicious meaty texture often used in cooking.
But the benefits of lion’s mane extend far beyond your dinner plate! Often called “the smart mushroom,” lion’s mane is one of the only mushrooms with neuroprotective benefits, containing large amounts of compounds called erinacines, which can help to stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is prevented from entering the brain by the blood-brain barrier, which is why it’s so important for the brain to synthesize the protein on its own to help protect against degeneration and maintain optimum function.
Known as your brain's best friend, Lion's Mane was long used by Buddhist monks to help focus during meditation. We love it for creativity and productivity during busy work days.